Kraken fans remember Seattle's NHL past, and welcome its present and future during expansion draft

Andy Yamashita, The Seattle Times on

Published in Hockey

Goody, Hall and Klein all also mentioned how excited they were to introduce NHL fans to Seattle. All brought up the success and high attendances of other Seattle-based teams and hope that continues with the Kraken.

The attendance at the expansion draft seemed to support that, as tickets to the event weren’t easy to get. Goody said he logged on to get his tickets just 10 minutes after they were released and missed out. However, when a friend offered him an extra ticket, he didn’t hesitate.

“I was pretty stoked about that,” he said.

Not having a ticket didn’t stop people from showing up in other ways. Boats, kayaks and paddle boarders — decorated with Kraken memorabilia — crowded onto Lake Union, watching the expansion draft from the water.

That included kayaker Loryn Peterson.


A hockey fan since she was in college, Peterson said the environment, both on and off shore, was fantastic.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “We got a great day for it.”

Goody and Klein also were excited to see their team finally take shape after a long wait. But Hall, perhaps, explained the feeling best.

“I’m going to be able to tell my grandkids, when the Kraken start winning all these championships and stuff, ‘Hey, I was here from the beginning,’ ” he said.

©2021 The Seattle Times. Visit Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.